Tooled leatherette bindings in the ‘Bezalel‘ style were commonly sold to tourists in Palestine and then Israel during the 20th C. Now they are primarily interesting as ephemera from a bygone era. This particular binding is for a photo album probably produced during the early years of the State of Israel. Typical of such bindings was the beaten copper insert, in this case with the image of David’s Tower as seen from outside the Old Jerusalem City Walls. The color is unusual in that is a rich red rather than the normal more subdued browns or blacks. The copper plate has a notable dent on the right and two creases in the upper left; and the copper surface is oxidized as would be expected in a piece this old. The pages are all blank and the tooled surface is in remarkably good condition. The string holding the pages and cover together is original and in good condition, though slightly dirty.
height – 7 7/8”, width – 10 7/8”, maximum depth – 3/4”